Help my Ann Magnolia Please!


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I just planted it in the spring and there are these pods growing on the branches, if I remove one there is a sticky orangish red substance inside, also note the smaller white specs on branches as well, it is also constantly covered in ants... it seems to be relatively healthy otherwise, the leaves aren’t bad or being completely eaten, but I want To know what is going on before it is too late
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I just planted it in the spring and there are these pods growing on the branches, if I remove one there is a sticky orangish red substance inside, also note the smaller white specs on branches as well, it is also constantly covered in ants... it seems to be relatively healthy otherwise, the leaves aren’t bad or being completely eaten, but I want To know what is going on before it is too late View attachment 69296View attachment 69297View attachment 69298View attachment 69299View attachment 69300View attachment 69301
Your tree is infested with scale insects. Spray the entire tree, leaves, trunk, stems, branches and all with Neem Oil. Spray every 5-7 days as per directions on label for 3 weeks.
 
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Your tree is infested with scale insects. Spray the entire tree, leaves, trunk, stems, branches and all with Neem Oil. Spray every 5-7 days as per directions on label for 3 weeks.
Which is the scale insects? The little white things or the red pods? What is the opposite one so I know going forward?
 
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Which is the scale insects? The little white things or the red pods? What is the opposite one so I know going forward?
The insects are the whiteish little things. They are called soft scale and are moveable. The reddish thing is another insect called hard scale. They are like a barnacle, permanently attached. The ants are there to eat the excrement of the scale and it is called honeydew. Hard scale is much harder to kill. That is why 3 applications of Neem Oil is required.
 
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The insects are the whiteish little things. They are called soft scale and are moveable. The reddish thing is another insect called hard scale. They are like a barnacle, permanently attached. The ants are there to eat the excrement of the scale and it is called honeydew. Hard scale is much harder to kill. That is why 3 applications of Neem Oil is required.
thank you soo much for your help in identifying this... I started a neem oil schedule... should I pull the bigger ones off of the branches at any point? And Do you have any other tips and tricks for Ann magnolias moving forward? I paid $150 for this magnolia because my wife really really wanted one, so I care a lot about it... thanks again for your help!!
 
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thank you soo much for your help in identifying this... I started a neem oil schedule... should I pull the bigger ones off of the branches at any point? And Do you have any other tips and tricks for Ann magnolias moving forward? I paid $150 for this magnolia because my wife really really wanted one, so I care a lot about it... thanks again for your help!!
Don't try to remove the hard scale. The Neem will kill it and the growth of the tree will, in time, make the scale fall off. Magnolias can withstand only light pruning. Don't prune if you don't have to
 
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Hi, I’m having problems with my magnolias. I’ve lost 3 and fear losing a couple more if I don’t do something. I have the plants as a screen along the back fence behind a retaking wall made of reconstituted limestone. Some are thriving but some have died or are in the process. Recently fertilised with chook manure and mulched. Still no luck. Any advice greatly appreciated. Photos attached.
 

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